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Jeanne Ward

9/8/1936 - 1/4/2018

PEKIN ~ Doris Jeanne Ward, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Pekin.

Born September 8, 1936 in Berwyn to James and Eula Mae (Neve) Citek, she married James August Ward on November 1, 1953 in Pekin. He died January 7, 2015 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Joshua Allen.

Surviving are two daughters, Joni (Larry) Allen of Morton and Jodi (Gary) Land of Appling, GA; five grandchildren, Charissa (Brett) Kocijan of Deland, FL, Nicholas Allen of Washington, Lindsay (Brett) Gordon of Groveland, Zachary Land of Downers Grove and Capt. Nathan Land of Atlanta, GA; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Jeanne had worked as the secretary for the Director of Nursing at Pekin Hospital for 15 years, retiring January 31, 1981.

She was the current 20 plus year President of the Groveland Community Library, Liberty Village Librarian and also had volunteered at Morton Grade School’s Library for more than 20 years.

An avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching Jeopardy. Jeanne loved reading and playing the piano at various churches and Liberty Village.

Jeanne was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to Groveland Community Library, 173 Washington Street, Groveland, IL 61535.

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